PM supports ‘yes’ vote in plebiscite


Compiled by Brodie Cowburn

SERGEANT Tracy and A. W. Glencross, Esq will address a public meeting at Somerville on Monday evening next to explain the truth in the matter of the Reinforcements Referendum.




To the Electors of FLINDERS.

Are you for Australia or against her? Will you stand with those who are resolved that, come what may, we will not desert our boys at the Front? Or will you stand with the real leaders of the campaign against the Government’s proposals to send reinforcements to the boys at the Front?

The Government has put before you a proposal, moderate and equitable, seeking a clearly defined power which it pledges itself not to exceed. That proposal will ensure the Australians at the front the reinforcements and the rest which they so badly need. Nothing else will. If you turn down the Government’s proposal, you not only prove yourself unworthy of freedom, but literally condemn to death the men who are fighting for YOU.

That is the responsibility which rests upon you. You cannot shirk it.

On December 20th you must vote “YES”.


Prime Minister.


AN ANTI-CONSCRIPTION open-air meeting held at Frankston on Thursday night was well attended. Mr C.Gray, secretary of the Trades Hall Council, was chairman.

It had been announced that Lieut Colonel Crouch and Mr J. F McGowan would speak, but, amid a storm of hoots and catcalls Mr Gray said that Lieut-Colonel Crouch had been delayed on the road.

Mr McGowan then took the platform, but it was evident that the audience, disappointed about the absence of the “star” speaker, were in no mood to listen to him.

Amid a chorus of interjectors, he argued that the volunteer movement had failed because, amongst other things the soldiers were not getting sufficient pay.

A returned soldier—We are not fighting for 6s a day, or for 4s 3d a day; we are fighting for honor.

(Cheers) We’re satisfied with what we’re getting, and we don’t want any assistance from you to get more.

Mrs Martin then took the platform. She said that her husband was at the front

A Soldier, – Why don’t you send men to help him?

Mrs Martin. – She did not want her husband to come back to an Australia which would be filled with Chinamen and black men.

(Voices – “Rot”)

Another Soldier—You ought to be ashamed of yourself talking about black men. Why there are black men fighting beside your husband now. (Cheers.)


ON Sunday afternoon, the 16th, the Catholic School and Hall at Hastings, will be opened by Archbishop Mannix, at 3 o’clock.

The committee has arranged a motor trip to Shoreham, and on return to Hastings the Archbishop and district representatives (catholic and non- catholic) will be entertained at a luncheon.


THIS subdivision at Frankston which is attracting much attention is to be submitted at auction this afternoon at 3.30.

Forty-three roomy allotments are to be sub mitted with attractive terms of £2 cash deposit and 10s per month, free of interest, per lot.

The estate is situated within seven minutes of the railway station, and 12 minutes easy stroll to the beautiful nine mile beach, said beach the safest in the State.

Also, at the same time, two natty concrete and cement buildings, known as “Barnawartha” and “The Silo,” with their pleasant grounds, gardens, fernery and aviary are to be submitted.

No expense has been spared in their construction.


THE “Hard Times” Ball held on Friday evening last in the Frankston Hall, in aid of a stand at the forthcoming bazaar, was a great success, there being a capital attendance.

The music was supplied by Alleri’s band, and a first class supper was provided


A MUSICAL and variety entertain ment will be held in the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall on Monday next in aid of the Home for Adult Blind.

The programme will be given by the A.A.B. Entertainers assisted by Mr Wilson Muir, and promises to provide a first-class two hours amusement.


AN interesting lecture and exhibition of life saving and means for resuscitation, was given at the Frankston Pier on Sunday after noon, by Mr Witty, hon. sec. to the Royal Life Saving Society, assisted by Mr Wormald, chief instructor.

Efforts are being made to start a branch of the society at Frankston, and some twenty names were handed in from those willing to assist.

A meeting of those in terested will be called shortly for that object.


LAST Saturday afternoon, a large party of returned soldiers from the Caulfield and Base Hospitals were entertained by the Red Cross Society and the residents of Somerville.

By the courtesy of Major Conder the Langwarrin Military Band were present and rendered fine selections which considerably enlivened the proceedings.

The Hall was beautifully decorated with flowers and foliage by our decorative flower artist Mrs Fred Thornell ably assisted by other members of the Red Cross.


THE Wattle Club will entertain a party of returned wounded soldiers on Sunday, December 16th at 4 o’clock, in the Mechanics’ Hall.

The following letter was received on Friday last:—

On behalf of the Melbourne committees of the French Red Cross Society and the Alliance Francios, we, the undersigned, would like to express to you and to all your helpers our very sincere appreciation of the splendid reception and entertainment by your Club, so generously provided for the French soldiers upon their trip to Frankston on Friday last.


W. GRANT was fined 5s with 10s costs for allowing two horses to wander in the street.


LUDWIG T. Honeybone was charged for driving a motor car without having a license, on the 17th November.

Defendant pleaded that he had neglected to renew his license through being ill for a week. – Fined 20s.


LESLIE James Cunningham, grocer, of Middle Park was charged with being drunk, using obsence language and assaulting Constable Ryan.


RIFLE PRACTICE may take place on the Langwarrin Rifle Range on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, between 2.15 p,m and 5 15 p,m.

The public are hereby warned against crossing the Line of Fire or Entering the Danger Zone while the Red Flag is flying from the Signal Staff.


From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 8 December 1917

As published in the Mornington News – 5 December 2017


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